2. Create a draft snake from a rolled bath towel and place under a drafty door. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy.
3. Cover your windows with plastic. You can go to your local hardware store and purchase a window insulation kit. Most kits will provide great visibility while cutting out drafts.
4. Replace your furnace filter once a month especially during heating season. Dirty filters restrict airflow and requires the furnace to use more energy.
5. Occasionally boil a large pot of water, this will provide natural steam heat. Add essential oils for a more festive and healthier atmosphere. For example, lavender, peppermint and or eucalyptus are great essential oils. Lavender helps nervous tension. Peppermint provides relief from headache, nausea, and fever. And eucalyptus assists with chest congestion.
6. Unplug computers, television, radios, printers etc. when not in use. The average U.S. household spends about $1,900 a year on energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. And the DOE says that anywhere from 5% to 10% of your residential electricity is sapped by devices that are plugged in 24 hours a day.
7. Buy rechargeable batteries and battery charger for small games, flash lights, etc. In addition, this is great for emergency electrical outage.
8. Switch off unneeded lights and this can save over $25 a year. You can save more than $100 dollars a year when you cut off gaming systems. Video game consoles, such as the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360, use nearly the same amount of power when they are turned on and left idle as they do when you are actively playing a game or watching a movie.
9. Purchase fluorescent light bulbs because they will save up to 75% of energy. WOW!
10. Dress in layers while lounging around your home. A large sweater, socks and extra blankets can make a huge difference in saving on energy.